Gatherings, Weddings, Funerals

How to handle community events such as Weddings, Funerals and Gatherings amidst COVID-19

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

When there is no spread of COVID-19 in the community:

  • Encourage staff and attendees to stay home if sick.

  • Develop flexible refund policies for attendees.

  • Provide supplies that can be used to help prevent the spread of germs.

  • Consult local public health officials about your event.

  • Review considerations on when to cancel an event.

If there is minimal or moderate spreadpdf icon in your community:

  • Cancel events for groups of 250 people or more.

  • 16/3/20 UPDATE: During the next 15 days, all U.S. events of 10+ people should be cancelled or held virtually.

  • More Information on Mass Gatherings

  • Read the White House noticepdf iconexternal icon

  • For organizations that serve people who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness, cancel events for groups of 10 people or more.

If there is substantial spreadpdf icon in your community:

  • Cancel events of any size.

If there is a case of COVID-19 at your event:

  • Separate anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms from others until they can go home.

  • Anyone with symptoms should not take public transportation or shared rides

  • Contact local public health officials.

  • Communicate with staff and attendees about possible exposure.

  • Clean and disinfect the event space.

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